Tag: 2015

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Dr. Chao-Nien “Carol” Koh, Taiwan

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Dr. Chao-Nien “Carol” Koh is from Taiwan where she has worked at Taiwan Forestry Research Institute for more than twenty years. She has spent most of her working time with birds. She has conducted bird biodiversity surveys in natural forests, plantations, preserves and afforested units. Recently, she turned her focus to birds in urban areas. Some of her research has demonstrated that birds in the urban ecosystem have difficulties in raising their babies compared to those in the mountains.  This has prompted her to develop educational materials for the public on how to help the birds and their habitats in the neighborhoods around the city of Taipei. Carol is interested in developing more advanced protection programs for the urban birds in Taiwan. With Portland’s long history of preserving wild birds, Carol hopes to learn from organizations such from the Audubon Society which has programs on backyard habitat certification, cats and wildlife, reducing bird hazards and bird planting for wildlife, etc. Carol will be here through December 2015 and will bring her experiences back to Taiwan and to share with people in the city government and the NGOs such as Wild Bird Society of Taipei.

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Sarita Lama, Nepal

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Ms. Sarita Lama is from Siraha, the Eastern plains area of Nepal. She has over ten years working experience in the field of forestry in the various mid-hill districts of Nepal through various national and international non-governmental organizations. Her involvement was mostly in implementing and managing community forestry program mainly focused on benefiting the poor, women and marginalized households. Sarita aims to provide service for social empowerment and to build ecosystem resilience of the disastrous and precarious condition of southern and outer hills of Nepal, known as ‘Chure’. She joined WFI in April for a six month program with the expectation of learning a broader concept of private, public and community involvement in forestry practices and forest management in the US. She hopes to bring this knowledge and good practices from the US for Chure hills management in Nepal.

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Dr. Qingxin Liu, China

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Dr. Qingxin Liu is from Beijing, China. Since 2012 he has been working in the Division of Science and Technology Management at the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF). With science and technology systems reform in China, he is interested in learning more about effective management of forest scientific research projects in the Pacific Northwest. He will study the development of public forestry project management during his time here at WFI, which will be from June through November, 2015. He aims to carry out a comparative study on the research management systems in US and China and to bring knowledge of good experiences and practices from the US to China.

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Stuty Maskey, Nepal

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Ms. Stuty Maskey is from Kathmandu, Nepal. There she worked for a national forestry program, working closely with forestry stakeholders – government agencies, community groups, civil society and private sector. She believes that forestry in Nepal can be used as a vehicle to create jobs and contribute to a new forest-based green economy through enterprise development and commercial management. Her academic background is in Economics and Public Policy, and although not a trained ‘forester’, she understands that forest resources in Nepal are widely untapped. At WFI, she aims to learn about Policies, Practices and Processes for forest management in the Pacific Northwest, with specific focus in the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.

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Robert Mijol, Malaysia

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Mr. Robert Martin Mijol is from Sabah, Malaysia. He has been working with the Sabah Forestry Department since 2007 and currently assists the District Forestry Officer, based in Ulu Segama-Malua Forest Reserves. He joined WFI in May for a six month program to explore the potential of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) within forest reserves in Sabah to contribute towards conservation and rural livelihoods; and to learn PES policies and practices in the US Pacific Northwest, and how it can be adopted in Sabah. He hopes to gain a better understanding of how PES works in the US and use the knowledge to share and expand the idea into government policy and legislation back home.

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Enkeleda Pjetri, Albania

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As a project manager at the Centre for Social Development, Enkeleda Pjetri is in charge of planning and managing the implementation of project activities related to informing and empowering young people on active citizenship, democracy, environment, sustainable development of natural resources and other community related issues. With a background on Forest Engineer and with an MSc in Forest Policy and Economics, and several years of experience in working with local NGO in Albania as well as working as a consultant in the forestry and environmental field, she has a relevant experience with non-governmental sector and the forest and environment one.

As a Community Solutions program fellow, hosted by the World Forest Institute she hopes to have the possibility to widen her knowledge on forestry and environment community related issues, sustainable development of natural resources etc; learn how the nonprofit sector works in the US; and aims to widen her professional network as well as friendship ones, by exchanging experience and information. All of this would be used in her return to her home country Albania, where best practices learned and experience gained will be applied locally.

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Miguel Sanchez Fajardo, Bolivia

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Mr. Miguel Sanchez Fajardo is from La Paz, Bolivia. Miguel is an agronomist by training and has worked at the National Institute of Agrarian Reform and as a teacher at the Public University of EI Alto UPEA. He is interested in learning about best practices in forest nursery operations. He plans to take a close look at seed management in particular and optimal growing conditions for nursery stock. He will be at WFI for six months, from April – Sept. 2015.